It’s Stog o’Clock, and I’ve got the third stick from Hiram & Solomon Cigars up to bat. The Master Mason is a 6×56 Gran Toro with a Dominican Maduro wrapper concealing Dominican filler and binder tobaccos. This is advertised as the company’s full strength offering. It appears to be rolled well, and the wrapper is very toothy.
Pre-light, the wrapper and foot both give off a very bold fruity aroma with a hint of leather. The cold draw simply gives me a light, fruity taste. Once I get it burning, there is black pepper spice with slight leather and some cocoa.
The first third lasts half an hour. The complexity is through the roof. Raspberry and chocolate mix well on the draw, and there are notes of black pepper and bold coffee. On the retro-hale, there is a sweet earth with strong espresso and black licorice. The finish is long, and I pick up black cherry, flavor reminiscent of fresh-cut grass, and some molasses. Body and strength are firmly at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third puts me at one hour. The draw gives me a chocolate pretzel flavor with coffee and black pepper. Through the nose, I pick up some hazelnut, rich soil, and a berry mix. Espresso is dominant on the long finish with some black cherry and dark wood notes. The strength remains the same.
The final third ends just under an hour and a half. On the draw, my tongue is treated to dark cocoa with a delicious creamy char and a note of graham cracker. Black pepper spice plows through my nose with a dark earth and blackberry. The finish offers a chocolaty cedar, bitter espresso, and black cherry. Strength and body are still medium-to-full.
Overall, this cigar was great. The complexity was high with a very balanced flavor profile. Performance was solid, and I really enjoyed this smoke. Of the three Hiram & Solomon blends on the market, this is my favorite by far. The price is a bit steep at $15 a pop, but I do recommend trying this one out. There is a reason this is called the Master Mason!
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